It is no secret that fighting obesity is my mission in life. I make no secret of the fact that I am a former 350 pound woman who nearly ate herself to death. Thanks to God and the interventions of both gastric bypass and now Plexus products, I am healthier at almost 44 than I have ever been. All of that aside, it really bugs me to see things like what I saw recently at a hospital in Birmingham, AL. (we rank #8 in obesity rates here in Alabama FYI)
We were at a hospital visiting my son’s girlfriend who was having surgery. Each day for four days I walked past a BAKE, CANDY, and PECAN SALE in the main lobby of the hospital. They were doing a pretty good business I must say. I could not help but wonder as I watched people buying up the sugar-filled goodies, if this was a ploy to fill beds! (just kidding)
I mean seriously! Let’s think about this from a business standpoint here. We all know sugar has been proven to be even more addictive in scientific studies than heroin and cocaine. Sugar lights up the same pleasure sensors in our brains as the illicit drugs do. Take a look for yourself. This photo shows the brain on sugar and also on cocaine. Look at the way they both light up the same way. Scary huh?
WHY ON EARTH are we selling this stuff in a place dedicated to health? Unbeknownst to this medical facility, they are contributing to the very diseases that likely fill many of their beds? Think of all of the obesity-related and sugar fueled illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, and more. So many of our medical issues are related to this addiction to sugar that we are feeding daily. Sugar feeds the natural candida fungus that grows in our bodies. MANY things feed the fungus like medicines, processed foods, and chemical laden foods. SUGAR is like throwing lighter fluid on a fire.
I knew how bad sugar and processed carbs were from my nutrition classes, but really GOT IT even more thanks to Dr. Robert Lustig and a Plexus colleague named Lori Harrison. Sugar is poison PERIOD. Now this is not the same sugar that occurs naturally in fruit and vegetables and dairy. This is added refined processed sugar. And yes this includes agave, turbinado, brown, white, green purple, it is all sugar! When we eat sugar, it is converted to glucose and stored as fat in or bodies. Guess what? When we eat cereals, bread, rice, pasta, and other non-complex carbs, the same thing happens!
We are being fooled into thinking the low-fat cookies and 100 calorie snack packs are a GOOD CHOICE. We think organic cookies and gluten-free cake is OKAY! IT IS NOT! It is all a marketing ploy to get us to buy this chemical filled junk. Snack on fresh fruits and veggies and eat real food. Lean proteins, Greek yogurt, fruits and veggies, and get lots of fiber. Most Americans get nowhere NEAR the RDA of fiber because it is almost non-existent in processed foods.
I dread this time of year when sweet little Girl Scouts are peddling their sugar-filled garbage in front of every grocery store. Speaking of which, what happened to the days where they went door to door? Now, in a society that is so used to fast and easy and that is so sedentary- we grab the cookies as we dash in or out of the grocery from kids and parents sitting in lawn chairs waiting to exchange cookies for cash like a drug deal on the street. I know some will flame me for comparing the sale of Girl Scout Cookies to a drug deal, and I of course mean no offense to the kids, but they are unknowingly peddling a dangerous ADDICTIVE drug. Sugar kills more people than all illicit drugs combined. Thank goodness for amazing tools to fight the sugar beast like my Plexus nutritional supplements.
For a time I would give them the money and not take the cookies. But then, someone still ate them I am sure! So now, I buy the cookies and trash them. Oh and before you say “but Erin, some starving person could have eaten those.” I can promise you no homeless man or woman who was starving was going to get the cookies and I would not give the homeless that I have helped in the past drugs like that, I would give them real food. But that is a completely different blog right there.
I would GLADLY buy something not so poisonous and addictive from the kids. I can only imagine the costs associated with producing the cookies. Why not candles, bath products, protein bars (low in sugar and carbs like a Quest bar) Wrapping paper? ANYTHING but these sugar-filled health destroying cookies.
Until we realize that diets do not work, lifestyle changes are the ONLY way to get healthy and stay that way, that sugar is one of the most abused and addictive LEGAL drugs out there, that most of us are addicts, and that we are POISONING ourselves with sugar almost from birth, the obesity and metabolic disease epidemic will never show improvement.
This is why we created the #sugarfreepledge2015 . Take the pledge! Watch the movie FED UP and read Michael Moss’s book Salt, Sugar, Fat. Google LEAKY GUT, then, pledge to STOP THE MADNESS! Stop feeding the fungus that is possibly causing your stomach issues, migraines, fibromyalgia, high blood sugar, high lipid levels, inability to lose weight, and SO MUCH MORE!!!!
Start by cutting sugar. Then move from there one step at a time and see what your health picture looks like in January of 2016. Get your labs done now, then start. Let’s chat all year on my fitness and nutrition page, and see what a year can do! Oh, and do yourself a favor, hook up with a Plexus Ambassador. We are EVERYWHERE- wanting to truly help stop the madness!